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Debut appearance on Green Martian for Romanian DJ and producer Smart Wave and his track ‘Turquoise’. The track comes with two superb remixes from two top class artists. Smart Wave has been into music from a young age, he began to play piano and guitar which led him to studying music and ultimately composing. His first outings were rooted in Jazz, Blues and Film Scores, in 2007 he entered the world of electronic music and has since released many tracks on various labels. 2011 saw him get into DJing and in 2012 he started his own record label Smart Phenomena Records.
First up we have the Original Mix of ‘Turquoise’ which intros with a flat kick and subtle percussion combo with a sweeping pad going off in the background. The kick get into full on punch mode soon after and is joined by a powerful bass that sets the track on fire. The groove has a very cool shuffle which is complimented by arps that weave intricate melodic patterns beautifully. Stunning track with a very catchy hook that will no doubt gain a lot of support.
Horizons aka DJ Shy delivers us his Space Remix and he delivers in style yet again. Big full on intro with chunky kicks and a massive bass that resonates through the sound brilliantly. The groove takes on the shuffle effect from the original which really sets the track off in a unique way. Well crafted arrangements lay the sounds out superbly with each part easily focused on. The break brings with it a melodic flavour that filters into the track with ease. A massive sound which will draw a lot of attention for sure.
The ever popular 06R is up to remix duty with a stunning rework on the original. Smooth intro with the kicks and percussions getting that shuffle going early, this is accompanied perfectly by a flowing arp with a nice sweeping pad in the background. The bass drives the track brilliantly while melodies add that contrast which gives the sound a wonderful dynamic. The break opens a world of melody as a sultry piano adds richness to the sound. Top notch stuff out of Tokyo!
Daddy aka Koen Mertens turns up on our Green Martian imprint after some fine releases on Bonzai Progressive and Eyepatch. Here he delivers the outstanding ‘Memories Are Forever’ which comes with an awesome remix from Davide Catania.
First up we have the Original Mix, which after giving it a few listens will have the nostalgia flowing through your system on overdrive. The intro boasts a cool punchy kick with classic percussions building up a nice flowing vibe. A deep and resonating bass enters the fray on the offbeat and all around many wonderful sounds paint a complex picture. An intensity builds in the sound which culminates in a smooth melodic groove. This groove somehow takes you back to the great days of progressive while keeping a firm root in the here and now. The break is a stunning display of simplicity as a cool hook takes hold with warm pads ebbing and flowing in the background. Look out for some fantastic vocal manipulation and classic samples.
Based in Denmark, Davide returns to Green Martian for remix duty and what a fantastic job he does. We last saw Davide here with his ‘Desert Sky’ which certainly raised a few eyebrows as expected. The remix intros with a superb kick and hat combo with percussions building nicely giving off a cool bouncy vibe. The bass soon takes over and injects a dose of energy that really beefs up the sound no end. Excellent use of the vocal sample and coupled with rising pads give a nice melodic flavour. The break ushers in a classy guitar riff before a nice big synth takes us right back into the track for the remainder of this kick ass cut. Definitely not to be missed!
Serbian DJ and producer Nemanja Petrovic aka Gibbon debuts on Green Martian with ‘Dance Of Nature EP’. Having perfect the art of mixing from a young age, he soon moved into the world of production and secured a few releases before getting hooked up with Bonzai. The prospect of many releases are what’s in store with this guy so keep your eyes and ears peeled.
First up we have ‘Meanders’ which gets going with a nice, full kick and percussion combo and leads us up to a cool, pulsating, rough edged bassline with a mesmerizing pad going off in the background. The pace picks up with the percussions forming a tight and rhythmic arrangement which settles the track nicely for a smooth progressive journey. The break brings forth those mesmerizing pads and are joined by a brilliant vocal sample before jumping right back into the main groove, top quality stuff.
The Dub Mix offers a relentless progressive journey with a rough edged bass and superbly crafted drum arrangement which makes for a rhythmic ride. The break lets loose with a mesmerizing pad which soon makes way for a brilliantly crafted synth sequence that dominates the track. A must for those later sets!
‘Avalanche’ intros with a nice chunky kick with cool and crispy percussions enhancing the rhythm. A short break brings with it a wispy pad before climaxing with a powerful pumping bass which will take over any floor. Stabby synth work comes through and is joined by cool plucky sequences on the break as a deep drone rises from the depths. The track reaches its peak as the sounds combine brilliantly for the duration, a very classy progressive groove indeed.
After a nice fluent intro filled with well rounded kicks and rhythmic percussions ‘Torrent’ unleashes its full potential with a sublime liquefied synth that is delivered with smooth melodies. The bassline coolly matches each note on the synth and creates a stunning groove at which to shake that ass in an unforgiving manner. The break gives full attention to those quality synths as a subtle, sweeping arp adds assistance before rising back into full swing, wonderful track and a big hitter for sure.
‘Spirit Awakening’ rounds off this stunning EP in style. A silky smooth kick led intro eases into some cool and groovy strings with a sweet and melodic arp soon joining the party. A plucky bassline gives the track a nice bounce as we settle in for an nice flowing ride. A myriad of melodies come through in many guises on the break and form the basis of the track as it gives off an uplifting, happy vibe. An eleven minute journey into an upbeat groovy little number!
Belgium based DJ’s J.E.O.F., Config and P.O.W. make up Wild Guess. In the summer months of 2012 J.E.O.F. and Config decided to team together as the DJ duo Guess What?. A guest appearance in Culture Club and playing out at Houseworx parties in Ghent and Bruges rapidly got them noticed and became more popular in the region. As time passed by, they were looking forward to start producing their own tracks as well. Near the end of 2012, their producing career took a critical step forward when P.O.W, who had previous experience in producing, was eager to join the team. The result is this debut on Green Martian with ‘Nebulae’ which comes backed up with a superb remix.
The Original Mix intros with a nice chunky kick as an expertly crafted arp weaves its patterns and comes in to the fore. Smooth and silky strings sit in the background and add a cool tension to the sound. The bass comes at you in big phat chunks that give a real boost to the vibe and forcing you to move. A massive swaying synth soon takes control of the sound and on the break they are joined by a classy guitar lick before slamming right back into the main groove to round off a huge prog stomper.
Jack Jakhira is a regular contributor to the Bonzai network as both a remix artist and with his own material which we will be hoping to see more of soon. Here he gives us his Dusty Recreation which stays true to the original and delivers a stunning progressive vibe. Well rounded kicks get going with a tight percussive rhythm section leading up to a powerful grungy bass. Warm synths come through as the track heats up and we settle into a strong and solid groove. The break opens up a new world as sweet melodies combine before jumping right back into this fantastic journey through prog house. A truly epic ride that will no doubt be a big feature on many sets.
German DJ and producer Flamda debuts on Green Martian with the wonderful ‘Mystic Island’ which comes backed with a quality remix. Danny started out DJing with just a small mixer and two simple CD players before investing in a set of turntables. From here he began recording mixes to his computer and learned some mastering in the process. This led to gigs in local clubs and many house parties. These days Danny focuses on his small home studio where he delves into music production.
The Original mix sets off with a cool thumping kick with a smooth bass rolling in behind. The track picks up the pace as the bassline ups the gears alongside a superb percussion arrangement. Swirling pads come through from the back and add in an epic feeling. A gated synth lights the track up and on the break a huge grungy synth takes over with a sweet high string giving a stark contrast. Beautiful slice of progressive here and a must for any box.
Next up we have the DJK Krazy Kutz remix provided by DJK aka Kevin Miller. Kevin has been a regular in the Green Martian stable with his material featuring on multiple compilations as well as his own releases. The remix gets moving with an awesome phat kick and soft hat combination as the bassline pumps away alongside. Nice and smooth synths ease their way into the track with expert precision and dominate the break with beautiful strings also in attendance. Very strong groove here which is going to be the perfect addition to any playlist!
Laurent Veronnez aka Airwave puts on his fantastic Lolo guise to bring us a stunning slice of progressive goodness. Lolo has been responsible for some very memorable tracks over the years and here ‘Laia’s Daydream’ is no exception. As you will no doubt have noticed Laurent is still a very busy guy. He is currently riding high in dance charts with material on Joof, Bonzai Progressive and his own LCD Recordings is also performing very well indeed. A truly inspiring artist with a lot more to offer!
The Original Mix has that classic DJ friendly kick and hat intro which forms up into cool rhythmic patterns alongside a tight percussion arrangement. A beautiful melodic arp springs to life giving off a dreamy atmosphere. An energetic bassline soon finds its way into the track as it bubbles up from the depths and really drives the track forward. Sweetly plucks and warm pads linger in the background as this relentless groove powers on. Intricate melodies begin to rise and climax in a truly euphoric experience. Absolutely stunning from Mr Veronnez yet again and one not to be missed!
Airwave’s Breaks Mix intros with a nice chunky kick with hints of melody in the background, the percussions are tightly packed and really get the groove flowing. A huge rising pad takes us into the main sound as a deep droning bass contrasts beautifully with some genius synth work. The melodies come forth for the duration as we are taken on a sublime journey through euphoria. Such wonderful stuff here which will be a big feature in many sets for sure.
Afterhour Trax 11 comes with original tracks and remixes by Airwave, Jimmy Galle, Inkfish, Nico Parisi, Matteo Monero, Domased Electronica, Sector 7, Audio Noir, Aamon, Tolga Diler, Kintar, Rishi K., Thorin, Relaunch, Noa Romana, Deersky, Aggressor, Ivan Nikusev, JJ Grant, Napalm & D-Phrag, Blufeld, Castra & Sovve, Matan Caspi, Anthony Yarranton, Dark Soul Project, Mindgamers, Cordoba, DeepDoul Duo, CJ Art, Jonny Calypso, Dafar, Flembaz, Jakhira and Kindred Spirits.
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